After nearly six years in Boyle Heights, Indie Brewing Company is closing its doors, citing the pandemic as the primary reason for the decision. They have ceased all brewing operations, and this Sunday, February 27 will be the final day to visit their taproom. They’re the second Los Angeles brewery to close this week after Modern Times’ DTLA location abruptly shut down last Friday.
The Indie team made the announcement earlier this month in an Instagram post. They wrote: “As with many small businesses, these past two years navigating the pandemic have been rough. For us, it was just too much to overcome.”
Indie co-owners Kevin O’Malley, Conner Forbes, Morgan Keller, and James Mancuso made a joint statement to Hopped. “Despite restrictions being loosened up in LA County, our taproom never got back to pre-COVID levels,” the statement said. “On top of that, even though packaged distribution was going well, our on premise distribution levels were significantly down and there wasn’t any sign of that changing anytime soon.”
After starting as a homebrew operation in 2013, the outfit grew quickly. They opened their taproom in 2016, and soon their distribution stretched from local taprooms and restaurants to Whole Foods and Dodger Stadium.
“Starting Indie in a garage, to what it has become is truly amazing,” the statement said. “Our staff and our customers have become like one big family and it’s one of the most rewarding things about Indie. We were also incredibly proud of the quality of beer we’ve always produced, which is a testament to all of our brewers and production staff past and present.”
It’s flat-out crushing having to close, the owners said, but they’ve been heartened by the input they’ve received since they made the announcement.
“Based on the messages of support and the outpouring from the community these past few weeks, we know we had a positive impact on both the LA craft beer and Boyle Heights communities,” the owners said.
As for the taproom and brewery – a 6,400 sq. ft. former warehouse space on Sunrise St. and E. 7th – there are no plans yet, whether it’s a turnkey or a full sale. “We are in talks with other businesses, but nothing is set in stone,” they told me.
There will be a closing party this Friday, Feb. 25, and they’re running a closing sale on all remaining inventory – 50% off everything with the purchase of three or more four-packs.